The avocado (Persea americana) is a member of the flowering plant family Lauraceae. The fruit of the plant is botanically a large berry containing a single seed. Avocados are cultivated in tropical and Mediterranean climates throughout the world. In 2017, Mexico produced 34% of the world supply of avocados. Avocados are delicious as they are–just peel and slice or scoop with a spoon. A quarter of an avocado in a smoothie gives it a delicious creamy texture that blends well with other flavors. Avocados can be used in salsas, dips, and salad dressings, and, of course, they are the key ingredient in the Mexican dish that is appreciated worldwide–Guacamole! Among the claims for avocados are that they improve heart health; support eye, skin, and hair health; fight cancer cell growth; promote weight loss; enhance digestive health; protect against diabetes; and decrease arthritis symptoms.